VOTE: Which George Strait Number One Takes The Gold?


The Olympics just wrapped up, and (obviously) America came out on top, finishing first in all medal counts.

And if country music gave out medals for #1 hits, George Strait would clearly come out on top with an insane SIXTY number ones over his career.

But of those sixty number ones, which one would you give the gold to?

Well we figured we’d put it to a vote.


We took all sixty of the King’s number one hits, and then rounded out the bracket with four more that should have been number one – the “play-in” winners, if you will.

Even trying to pick just four play-in songs was an almost impossible task, because George Strait had some surprising songs that DIDN’T go to #1. But after a few drinks and some deliberation we decided on our four choices:

  • “Marina Del Ray”
  • “Amarillo By Morning”
  • “The Cowboy Rides Away”
  • “Troubadour”

And rather than try to seed all 64 songs (which would have been an impossible task), we figured we’d just use the order they were released – from 1982’s “Fool Hearted Memory” all the way to 2012’s “Give It All We Got Tonight.”

The Bracket

The final product is a bracket that’s as tough as any you’re going to fill out for March Madness, the NFL playoffs or the Olympics.

We’ve got some BRUTAL first round matchups, like “Ocean Front Property” vs. “All My Ex’s Live In Texas,” or “The Cowboy Rides Away” vs. “The Chair” (remember, we didn’t pick the matchups – they’re in chronological order).

Here’s the final bracket:


1982-1988 Region


1988-1993 Region


1994-1999 Region


2000-2013 Region



So it’s time for you, our loyal Whiskey Riff readers, to decide which George Strait #1 (plus a few others) takes home the gold.

You can vote down below, or by clicking here. And you can vote as many times as you like if you want to see your favorite move on.

Voting for the first round ends Wednesday, August 18 at 11:59 PM central time – so get your votes in now, and come back on Thursday to vote in the next round and see which songs move closer to taking home the gold.

A beer bottle on a dock



A beer bottle on a dock